Sourcing & Securing Alternative Capital

Funding your business can be stressful, and sometimes customer revenue alone isn’t enough to help you reach your next milestones. You’ve thought about raising venture capital but don’t really want to give up too much equity. What are your other options? Come hear from industry leaders and get all your alternative capital questions answered!

About Republic: Republic is where both accredited and non-accredited investors meet entrepreneurs and access high-growth potential deals across a range of private markets. Entrepreneurs can seek funding from a wider base of diverse investors while simultaneously growing a loyal base and leveraging Republic’s private investment network.

About Collab Capital: Collab’s mission is to establish a new institution that provides a viable pathway to sustained wealth for the Black community. They establish this pathway by investing in tech and tech-enabled companies through efficient capital and effective connections between Black innovators, investors, and influencers.

About IndieVCIndie.vc is a program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability. They believe deeply that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. On average, the companies backed have increased revenues over 100% in the first 12 months of the program and around 300% after 24 months post-investment.

About Clearbanc: Clearbanc is the world’s largest eCommerce investor and specializes in providing non-dilutive growth capital.

About FleetingFleeting provides shippers & motor carriers direct access to reliable fleets & to flexible CDL drivers who operate them. – Their CEO was the first African American male to raise $1M+ via equity crowdfunding.

Birmingham’s booming startup scene attracts 23 Venture for America fellows + meet 6 of them

Birmingham has become the fastest-growing market in the VFA network since 2015. Photo via @dyoungblood71 on Instagram

Birmingham is no stranger to startups and fresh job opportunities. Not to toot our own horn, but the Magic City is the fastest-growing market in the Venture for America network. That’s why Birmingham attracted twenty-three new Venture for America fellows from around the country to work at local startups. Keep reading to see why we’re kind of a big deal, and meet some of our future leaders.

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Spotlight on 7 innovations in Birmingham, AL’s startup scene, including Black Girl Ventures

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(l-r) Carmen Mays, Zhaundra Jones, BGV founder Shelly Bell, Alycia Levels-Moore, Amber Curry and Jaclynn Maxwell Hudson. Photo courtesy of Black Girl Ventures Birmingham Chapter

While the rest of us were getting through the holidays and the first month of the new decade, Birmingham’s startup scene was buzzing. Find out why these seven startup initiatives are in the news. 

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Everything you need to know about REV Birmingham’s “The Big Pitch” on Nov 23

Observers at REV Birmingham’s The Big Pitch. Photo via REV Birmingham

It’s time for REV Birmingham‘s 5th annual “The Big Pitch.” During the event, five local startups will compete to show how their idea will improve downtown Birmingham. Learn more about the five contestants!

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Tech company to relocate from California to Birmingham – CEO is “blown away” by the city

View of Birmingham. Photo by Bham Now.

Ever left a holiday party with a gift card you knew you would never use? Or maybe you have a stack of gift cards to Starbucks that could buy 100 lattes, but you really wish you could use that money to buy groceries for the month. Prepaid2Cash is a tech company in California that offers users a solution. They’re relocating to Birmingham, and we’ve got the scoop.

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Alabama Futures Fund gets $25 Million to fund early stage startups from an A team of investors including Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley is one of the investors of the Alabama Future Fund. Photo courtesy of SiriusXM

An “A” team of individuals and investors have invested in a $25 million to fund  that will fund early-stage startups.  The Alabama Futures Fund (AFF) launches the largest seed-stage investment fund in Alabama’s history. Continue reading “Alabama Futures Fund gets $25 Million to fund early stage startups from an A team of investors including Charles Barkley”

Who’s hiring in Birmingham? 36 new jobs with companies like Shipt, Southern Research and The Personnel Board of Jefferson County

There’s a silver lining in these clouds. Photo via @bhamnow on Instagram

In the midst of all this cloudy weather, we’re back on schedule to let you know who’s hiring in Birmingham this Tuesday. Take a look at these new jobs:  Continue reading “Who’s hiring in Birmingham? 36 new jobs with companies like Shipt, Southern Research and The Personnel Board of Jefferson County”

Alabama Sawyer, Edifyonline and Wyndy talk about their experience in the Alabama Launchpad competition; imerge 2018 is July 12

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Alabama as an emerging force in innovation

Since 2014, EDPA’s  imerge innovation awards ceremony has celebrated Alabama companies who are the most innovative in the state. Continue reading “Alabama Sawyer, Edifyonline and Wyndy talk about their experience in the Alabama Launchpad competition; imerge 2018 is July 12”